By Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Archer Daniels Midland Co. executives have made the trip to several cities in search of a new global headquarters but St. Louis isn’t among them.

It certainly isn’t because St. Louis officials haven’t invited them, says St. Louis City-County Economic Development Partnership CEO Denny Coleman.

“There have been several different individuals in St. Louis who have attempted to talk to them about even the basic parameters of what a site selection process would even look like,” Coleman said.

In other words, St. Louis and Missouri can’t make an incentive offer like Illinois did because ADM won’t say what it’s looking for.

ADM executives have visited Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. The company has cited the importance of air service in its decision to leave Decatur, Illinois and all four of the cities are hubs for a legacy airline.

Coleman says it appears at this point that Chicago is ADM’s “principal choice” and there is no reason to believe ADM is seriously considering any other city.

“Based upon the way they have reacted to us and to the other major metropolitan areas that they have said they were interested in, we haven’t really seen evidence of the fact that they’re serious about any site other than Chicago,” Coleman added.


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